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Video Clip of The Week: The Pooches, “The Light”



Here’s the thing: Geoffrey’s neighbor owns an adorable little white dog named Teddy, who just happens to look exactly like the pooch in this fun video, which is at least partially why “The Light” from Glasgow melodic popsters The Pooches is this week’s featured Video Clip! Also, I love that you can easily mistake the 15 to 35 second mark for a dog food commercial. Just being serious.

Originally a one-man home recording project of singer Jimmy Hindle, but now now expanded to a 4 piece with Calvin Halliday on drums, Andy Kelly on guitar and Gavin Cormack on bass, The Pooches lo-fi pop charms have been described as sounding “like Julian Casablancas fronting The Beach Boys.” I am not the biggest fan of Casablancas‘ band, The Strokes, but I can see what they’re getting at, considering the band draw influences from the untouchable Stiff Records sound of bands like Any Trouble and Squeeze, the power-pop jangle of Big Star, whilst simultaneously carrying on the tradition of Glaswegian indie-pop stalwarts The Pastels and Teenage Fanclub.

Have I dropped enough band names here? Probably. The Pooches‘ self-titled debut full-length record is released on September 9th, 2016 via Lame-O Records. Enjoy!

Pooches CD Art

Video Clip of The Week: MUNA, “Loudspeaker”



Here at The Gig, it seems that we are enjoying a bit of Girl Power, but is is only by random chance that we’ve been focusing the Video Clip of The Week — a column which is 100% ruled by what we dig, and not in any way influenced by outside forces — on bands with ladies in them. Chicks Rule! This week we have made the very pleasant discovery of Los Angeles-based trio, MUNA, and the video for their latest single, “Loudspeaker,” which is just fantastic. Director Zaiba Jabbar, the band calls the video, “a very collaborative process.” Here’s more about that from the ladies themselves:

“We wanted to portray ourselves and our friends as empowered anti-heroines who reclaim a space to explore and be free. As one of the few self-produced girl bands signed to a major, we have learned to be as self-assured as we are self-sufficient—and we’ve learned to thrive on that. Breaking into a building and claiming it as our own is kind of a metaphor for that experience. Though the song deals with using one’s voice to recover from different forms of abuse, we were interested in filling this video with triumphant imagery rather than imagery of subjugation. It was also important for us to include people in the video who have found their own mediums for self-expression in spite of a multiplicity of silencing forces. Anaka, Pierre, Phoenix, Jasmine, Arin, Sarah, and Ashlen are writers, photographers, designers, poets, musicians, and general creatives that inspire us and our music, so it felt right to pay homage to that in the video. Having a community filled with people we can be open with without shame has allowed us to grow into the band we are today.”

Great message and visuals aside, “Loudspeaker” fucking rocks! As Noisey declared in their review of the video, “Let ‘Loudspeaker’ be your anthem of the summer: drive fast, kiss hard, and love harder.” Enjoy!

Muna Band

Video Clip of The Week: Izzy True, “Mr. Romance”



First things first: Izzy True is the name of a Band, not an individual. That said, the punky-folk quartet’s guitarist/vocalist is named Isabel (Reidy), so no doubt that was an influence on the band’s moniker. And why not? Her voice is compelling in the same way that Robert Pollard’s lo-fi vocal stylings make every Guided By Voices fan swoon the moment he opens his mouth. Thematically, the video for “Mr. Romance” explores nonchalant germophobia and sexual fluidity in a humorously engaging manner, and there are so many visual distractions that you can watch this thing 10 times and notice or focus on new stuff with each successive viewing. I like that. And, man, does she ever have nice skin.

“Mr. Romance” is the lead track off Izzy True’s debut LP Nope, released just this past week via Don Giovanni Records. With songs about “magic, loneliness, and learning to like yourself,” press calls Nope “a rock and roll album which makes space for misery.” Don’t tell me you’re not curious to hear it.  Izzy True tour dates are below. Enjoy!

Izzy True Mr Romance Still
Izzy True is a Band

Izzy True Live Dates:

8/7: Leesburg, VA @ Cultured Cafe
8/8: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
8/9: Virginia Beach, VA @ Back Bay Brewing
8/10: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
8/11: Rock Hill, SC @ The Courthouse
8/12: Savannah, GA @ QuoLab
8/13: Greensboro, NC @ Urban Grinders
8/14: Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium
8/15: Nashville @ Charlie Bob’s
8/17: Bloomington, IN @ The Void
8/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Riverwest Public House
8/19: Madison, WI @ Williamson Magnetic Recording Company
8/20: Chicago, IL @ Club Soda
8/21: Detroit, MI @ Donovan’s
8/22: Buffalo, NY @ Dreamland
8/23: Syracuse, NY @ Spit House
8/24: Providence, RI @ Aurora
8/25: Worcester, MA @ The Firehouse
8/26: Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s
8/27: Wallingford, CT @ Wamleg
8/28: New Paltz, NY @ Commissary
8/29: Flemington, NJ @ TBA
8/30: Northhampton, MA @ TBA
8/31: Allentown, PA @ Consolidated Cardboard
9/1: Rochester, NY @ Small World Books
9/2: Toronto, ON @ D-Beastro

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Video Clip of The Week: Doe, “Sincere”



Hey, I know it’s still early in the morning, but let’s rock a little bit, shall we? And perhaps also enjoy a bit of Breakfast Cereal and assorted food porn, courtesy of the video for an earnestly awesome tune called “Sincere”, from London-based three piece Doe. The band’s lead singer/guitarist Nicola Leel, is just so, so pretty (Also: Pink Hair), but she sounds like she could kick your ass, so watch out!

According the to band, “‘Sincere’ is a rage pop song about dudes who are great at learning and regurgitating information and appearing like they actually give a shit about women’s issues, when their behavior in private shows a different story. [The lyrics] ‘I know who you are when no-one else is looking’ pretty much sums it up.” Sounds a lot like a certain orange-faced dude currently running for public office here in the US, but I digress.

Doe’s “hook-sharp, melody-based-yet-heavy rock songs have been compared to The Breeders, Weezer and Sleater-Kinney (all valid), but way “Sincere” reminds me most of is L7’s sublime “Pretend We’re Dead.” Your mileage may vary. Nicola’s band-mates include Jake Popyura (drums, vocals) and Dean Smitten (guitar), and “Sincere” can be found on the band’s latest album, Some Things Last Longer than You, which will be available September 9th, 2016 via Old Flame Records. Enjoy!

Doe Band Photo
“Doe, a Band: a Female-Fronted Band”

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Video Clip of The Week: Pictureplane, “Joyrider”


Are you ready to rock? You will be, once you hit “play” (remembering to strap-in first) on this week’s Video Clip for the tune “Joyrider”, from one-man electronic dance outfit, Pictureplane (AKA producer Travis Egedy). In a song that combines vibrant electronic dance and pop without ever losing sight of the melody, Pictureplane’s flow is ultra-smooth and his beats are super sick. I love this song! Shot primarily an auto salvage yard, with interspersed shots of Egedy in a driving simulator (Joy Ride – get it?), or dancing in a yellow spray-painted room, the video is visually engaging from start to finish. If I heard “Joyrider” in a club, I would dance my ass off to it all night.

“Joyrider” can be found on Pictureplane’s most recent album, Technomancer, which is out now via the Anticon Records label. Recommend if you like: Tame Impala, MGMT or BØRNS. Enjoy!

PicturePlane

Video Clip of The Week: Big Eyes, “Stake My Claim”



“Big Eyes” is the name of one of my favorite Cheap Trick songs, and it’s probably no accident that the Brooklyn based rock quartet also known by that name harnesses the same power pop sensibility accompanied by a hard rock edge — which is a proven formula for nearly-flawless music. Active since 2009, through various line-up shifts, Big Eyes is the project of Kaitlyn (Kait) Eldridge, a singer/songwriter/guitarist who fronts her band with the same self-possession that Joan Jett fronts The Blackhearts. In other words, she’s badass.

Aurally, “Stake My Claim” is instantly contagious, with its razor-sharp lead guitar and circular rhythm that move the body instinctively. It feels fresh and modern while drawing on the power of classic rock. Lyrically, Eldridge explores a heavy groove with the lyrics “‘Cause nothing stays the same / stake my claim,” and a theme centered around dissatisfaction and a need for change. Visually, the kick ass performance shots mixed with urban street scenes makes this song an ideal summer anthem!

Mostly, Big Eyes‘ energetic and engaging sound reminds me very fondly of Damone, a long-defunct but utterly fantastic rock band from the Boston area (also female fronted) that embraced a fierce power pop edge. Big Eyes includes Paul Ridenour on guitar and backup vocals, Malcolm Donaldson on bass, and Griffin Harrison on drums. “Stake My Claim” is taken from the upcoming album of the same title, due to be released on August 19th, 2016 via Don Giovanni Records. Catch Big Eyes on tour this August (see dates below). Enjoy!

Big Eyes on Tour This Summer:
8/16 – Brooklyn NY @ Alphaville
8/17 – Pittsburgh PA @ Howlers
8/18 – Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
8/19 – Milwaukee WI @ Company Brewing
8/20 – Madison WI @ Mickey’s Tavern
8/21 – Fargo ND @ The Aquarium
8/22 – Minneapolis MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
8/23 – Iowa City IA @ The Mill
8/24 – Ft. Wayne IN @ Brass Rail
8/25 – Cleveland OH @ Now That’s Class
8/26 – Cincinatti OH @ Northside Yacht Club
8/27 – Columbus OH @ Rumba
8/28 – Buffalo NY @ Mohawk Place
8/29 – Boston MA @ Great Scott
8/30 – Kingston NY @ BSP
9/18 – Asbury Park NJ @ New Alternative Music Festival (Convention Hall)

Big Eyes Kaitlyn

Video Clip of The Week: James, “Dear John”

Isn’t it fun to discover that a band you loved for a brief period of time, maybe decades ago, is still together and recording songs that are pretty darn good? I love it when that happens. For example, we sure did go crazy go for the the British band James and their fun song, “Laid” (circa 1993, wow, such a long time ago) which was about having great sex at a time when sex was something we were enjoying quite a bit as well. “This Bed is on Fy-yah!” – Yeah, baby! And guess what? James is back with the official video for their new single “Dear John.” The stunning electro-ballad — which is about finding it hard to end relationships — is taken from the band’s current and critically acclaimed studio album titled Girl At The End Of The World, which is out now!

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Still from “Dear John”

Directed by the award-winning animation director Péter Vácz, this beautiful, Tim Burton-esque video blends stop-motion with 2D and 3D animation to craft two deceptively real characters venturing into a mystical forest. James‘ front-man and chief lyricist, Tim Booth explains that the song was, inspired by the age of long term relationships being finished by a text. “A ‘Dear John letter’ was a letter a soldier received at the front from their loved one saying she’d finished with him,” he continues. “James have written songs that get played at weddings and funerals. Now we have made one for your divorce!”

“Dear John” premieres hot on the heels of James‘ storming set at Glastonbury, where the band officially opened the festival a couple of weekends ago, cutting a ribbon with Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis. Woo! Next up: The band will embark on a European festival tour, with dates in Spain, Greece and Portugal, and a co-headline slot at the OnBlackheath Festival in London on September 11th, 2016. Enjoy!

James Album Cover Art

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